Scotland’s Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher should be in fine spirits after being presented with a rare decanter of 35YO Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky ahead of his appearance at Gleneagles this week.
Stephen, who is a whisky enthusiast and a loyal supporter of Glengoyne, is the only Scottish golfer to secure a place in the Ryder Cup 2014 European Team and the limited edition decanter was presented to mark this momentous achievement.
Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers (owners of Glengoyne), said: “Stephen has always shown single minded determination in his exceptional international golfing career but remains a proud, local family man. We pride ourselves on being one of the most widely respected Scottish independent family firms in the spirits industry, so this is a perfect match. The Glengoyne 35YO was distilled about the same time Stephen first lifted a golf club and both have matured very well! We are delighted to present him with this decanter of Glengoyne and wish him and Team Europe all the best at the Ryder Cup.”
The presentation took place at Kingsfield Golf Course near Linlithgow which has close connections to Stephen. Kingsfield is a practice venue both for Stephen and for many from his Foundation, and Glengoyne also sponsor the renowned golfing centre.
The bespoke Glengoyne decanter is made from hand-blown crystal and is engraved with gold inlay and is individually numbered on its gold collar. Presented in a solid oak lacquered gull wing box with a stitched ‘Bentley Red’ leather interior and base, the gift box also comes complete with an individually numbered leather book, which tells the story of the brand.
Unlike most other single malt whiskies, Glengoyne dries its malted barley using only warm air not peat smoke. Glengoyne is then distilled slower than any other whisky in Scotland. Finally it is matured in the finest sherry casks within traditional dunnage warehouses to create a subtle yet complex malt where all the delicate flavours and natural colour are freely expressed.